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Bristol manuscript fragments of the famous Merlin legend among the oldest of their kind,
The fragments contain a passage from the Old French sequence of texts known as the Vulgate Cycle or Lancelot-Grail Cycle, which dates to the early 13th century [1220-1225]. Parts of this Cycle may have been used by Sir Thomas Malory (1415-1471) as a source for his Le Morte Darthur (first printed in 1485 by William Caxton) which is itself the main source text for many modern retellings of the Arthurian legend in English[!].
oh. wikiwtf Dating for Dummies, Crusades and the Holy Land, 1095-1291
In addition to uncovering detail on the age of the manuscript, the team was also able to piece together how the fragments ended up in the books and how the books themselves found their way to Bristol. Based on the bindings of the books in which the fragments are now bound as pastedowns (a four-volume copy of the works of the French philosopher Jean Gerson, printed 1494-1502), the team was able to deduce that the fragments, and the manuscript from which they came, had become 'waste' in either Oxford or Cambridge, and were then recycled, for their parchment, rather than their content, as binding materials in the books in which we now find them - this probably happened prior to 1520.
the self-aggrandizing "Romano-British" palimpsest
The reason for the manuscript becoming waste is unknown, but may have to do with newer, English versions of the Arthurian legend becoming available in the new medium of print (like Malory's Le Morte Darthur).
Translations don't write themselves, yo.
SIDEBAR: Little did I know in me impressionable youth how accurately Mary Stewart reconstructed the "dark age" of Britain
by Cat on Tue Sep 7th, 2021 at 01:30:01 PM EST
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I thought this was going to be about airplane engines
by asdf on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 at 12:27:49 AM EST
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